Category Archives: Travel

Sad what happend to Boracay, that beautiful, sleepy island

By Suresh Pattali

How could he do that? How dare he shut an island that once upon a time was the best in the world? But it is President Rodrigo Duterte. What Duterte wants, Duterte gets. He is an Asian personification of the American cowboy of the Old West. Like the ones in the American movies we watched growing up in the ’70s. Handy with guns and ready to fire on impulse. “Shut it down, I say,” ordered the incorrigible punisher, after calling the Boracay resort a cesspool, dirtied by tourism-related businesses dumping raw sewage into the ocean. Continue reading Sad what happend to Boracay, that beautiful, sleepy island

A case for judging a photo by its emotional impact

By Karen Ann Monsy

If there is one thing you take away from a conversation with National Geographic photographer Karen Kasmauski, it’s that she isn’t afraid to call a spade a spade. Unabashedly candid, she will speak her mind on everything from the problem with photographers today (“our competition is anyone with an iPhone”) to her difficult relationship with her mother, one of the subjects of Karen’s acclaimed 2015 documentary Fall Seven, Get Up Eight on Japanese war brides. Continue reading A case for judging a photo by its emotional impact

Abigail was blue with white stripes and I adored her

By Keith Pereña

There is something spiritual about naming things. It’s a sign that objects are not just possessions. They carry with them a significance, they become a part of the family. I’ve named a couple of things: Lorraine and Catherine are my two guitars. In a way, it also extends to things I don’t have yet, things I hope to own one day. It’s akin to a man’s pursuit of the woman of his dreams. That’s where Abigail comes in. Continue reading Abigail was blue with white stripes and I adored her

Where my new-found zeal for New Zealand came from

A blue knit hat with pink pompons? Scores, no hundreds of Kiwis or Fernies are making hats, booties and baby clothes — and then locating appropriate drop-off points to donate the gifts for needy children. Why this national obsession/ diversion/ pastime? Well, the #KnitForJacinda movement has taken off because New Zealand’s 37 year-old prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, and her partner are expecting their first child.

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A single day in Lviv turned out to be a kind of homecoming

By Keith Pereña

It has been three months, two weeks and six days since I took a six-hour train ride to Lviv — a city in the western part of Ukraine. I’m writing this now in my house in Dubai, all while browsing through photos of the one day that I was in that city. There are little reminders of it everywhere — a bar of chocolate from the city’s famous chocolate factory sits inside the fridge, the train ticket from Kyiv to Lviv is plastered inside my journal, and every now and then, a message from one of the souls I met there pops up on my phone. Continue reading A single day in Lviv turned out to be a kind of homecoming